No Labels holds organizing event in Maine

Posted April 16, 2011, at 12:49 p.m.
Last modified April 16, 2011, at 7:18 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A bipartisan group calling itself No Labels is holding its first organizing session in Maine.

Former independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler will be attending Saturday’s event, which is expected to draw more than 100 people from across the state to Hannaford Lecture Hall at the University of New England’s Portland campus.

No Labels is comprised of Republicans, Democrats and independents who share a goal of working together and providing a counterweight to “hyper-partisan extremes” in politics.

National co-founder Nancy Jacobson says Maine is a good fit because of its independent streak. In Maine, unenrolled voters form the biggest voting bloc.

Jacobson says the group aims to have leaders in all states by June 1, and has a goal of having a presence in all 435 congressional districts by year’s end.